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Izaak Walton League of America honors Herb and Charlotte Read

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Herb and Charlotte Read of Liberty Township have been honored--again--by the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA).

At its 2014 national convention in Buena Park, Calif., IWLA presented the Reads with the Izaak Walton League Hall of Fame Award for their “commitment to conservation and ensuring outdoor America’s future.”

The Reads were charter members of both the Porter County Chapter of the IWLA and the Save the Dunes Council, among other things, and were instrumental in the establishment of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

“The Reads were previously honored for their work and long commitment to the ideals of the League as individuals, but this award is for their work as a couple, including creating the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,” IWLA said. “The Izaak Walton League prides itself on the many couples and families that have shown extraordinary commitment to the goals of the organization.”

Also presented with the Hall of Fame Award were Terry McCloskey of LaPorte, and Stan and Patty Jarosz of Hobart.

McCloskey “knows the land of Northwest Indiana like few people do,” League National Director Jim Sweeney said, ”and he is the point person for a big conservation effort on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.”

The Porter County Chapter of the IWLA hopes to bring back brook trout to the area, protect federally endangered species, and restore prairie and forest habitats.

The Jaroszes, for their part, were honored for their life-long commitment to the IWLA Indiana Division’s annual Youth Camp, held at the Tippecanoe River State Park in Winimac, Indiana, since 1962. “Thousands of kids have been through that camp over the years and many come back as counselors. Many of the parents of the current campers attended the camp when they were young,” Sweeney said.

Stan’s father took him to the camp when he was 12 and he has been there ever since, serving as the camp’s director for the last 20 years, IWLA noted. He brought Patty to camp when they were dating and twenty-some years later, they are still there, and their two children are now senior counselors.



Posted 7/29/2014




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